August 31st, 2008
12:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin compared to Cheney

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(CNN) - Presumptive Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin has been compared to past VP picks Dan Quayle and Geraldine Ferraro for her relatively low profile on the national stage, but now Democrats are likening the Alaskan governor to another running mate: Vice President Dick Cheney.

Speaking on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, Sen. John Kerry said Palin is a member of the "flat-earth caucus" and her stances on climate change are in lock-step with those of the vice president.

"With the choice of Governor Palin, it's now the third term of Dick Cheney, because what he's done is he's chosen somebody who actually doesn't believe that climate change is manmade," Kerry said.

Kerry also said Palin is "Cheney-esque" when it comes to her conservative stances on social issues.

Shortly before being named John McCain's running mate, Palin told the conservative magazine Newsmax she does not believe climate change is man-made - a statement that puts her at odds with the preumptive GOP nominee and the 2008 Republican platform.

"A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location," Palin told the magazine. "I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made."

McCain has said addressing climate change is a top priority, and the Arizona senator backs implementing mandatory caps on carbon emissions if he is elected president. The 2008 Republican platform also includes the words "global warming" for the first time and refers to the effect of "increased atmospheric carbon."


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soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Annette, Washington, DC

    I would like Gov. Palin announce to the public whether or not her new born son is her new born son or her grandson? So that point can be cleared up. Also, the repubs continue to say she has more experience then Obama and Biden??? if so, then she must also have more experience then McCain, because if she has that much experience then, you might as well include McCain who has been in the Congress just as long as Biden. The repubs may be trumping themselves.

    August 31, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Dan J

    Does anyone really care what John Kerry thinks? Palin has far more differences with Cheney than she has similarities. In fact, I'd venture to guess that John Kerry has more in common with Cheney than Palin does.

    Just because she doesn't link the climate changes to man... and there are different, scientifically proven facts to support both sides, does not mean she's against curbing pollution or trying to counteract global warming. It just means she has a different view of the cause.

    Here's a comparison: My dermatologist could not explain the rash on my arm. He said it could be dermatitis, or it could be acute bug bites. Either way, however, the treatment was the same, so it didn't matter.

    It's like he put a bunch of unpopular names in a hat and picked one. This is a random comparison.

    August 31, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Vicki Bidwell

    Lets face it . McCain chose Palin because she was the only one that would be acceptable as a women and is young. Search all republican govenors and senators that are women and she is the only one that meets those qualifications. That is all she really has going for her. She was the only one ,and she did not have negative ratings from her state.

    August 31, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    While the Republican platform is actually starting to open up to its years of blindness on this issue, you now have a VP candidate who is still living in the past. Add to that other areas where she as at odds with her VP and the idea that she supports teaching Creationism in the schools and is pro-life and she becomes a pretty scary proposition.

    August 31, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. adam

    It also puts her at odds with the bulk of the scientific community.

    August 31, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Fred

    Ingnore her! This is a RNC political stunt to get PUMAs and pissed off Hillary people to vote mccain. This lady was in the PTA when Senator Obama was in the Illinoise Senate. But really she's running against Bidden, who was serving in Washington when she was running for beauty queen. This does expose the lies about experience mccain has been running and talking about for months now doesn't it! As for her influence for change – the GOP won't let her near the table in washington let alone effect policy. Some independents and PUMAs will fall for this, but most will see right through it. Joe Bidden is ready to become president, Palin ?

    August 31, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Niel

    So what?
    FOUR MORE YEARS.
    FOUR MORE YEARS.
    FOUR MORE YEARS.
    FOUR MORE YEARS.

    McCain 08,12

    August 31, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Much has been made of Palin's decision to keep her baby who was born in April with Down's Syndrome. She's been lauded as a "great mom" for doing this (and of course, as a champion by the anti-abortion crowd).

    But my question, with all due respect, is this: Who's taking care of this child while mom was continuing her governorship and is now running as Vice President? Wouldn't a "great mom" give up her career temporarily to be with her special-needs child? There's no sacrifice here – Palin is just using her child as a prop to further her own political agenda.

    August 31, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Damien

    I hate to say this, but Palin is nowhere near Cheney and should never be compared to him because Cheney is actually intellgent; he's evil, but he's a smart man. If Bush were the puppet, he would be the puppeteer. Palin is just someone that McCain is going to use to turn the media's attention towards him.

    August 31, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Speechless

    Are you kidding me! This woman has no real executive, foreign policy or international experience. McCain is the oldest presidential candidate we have ever had and we are okay with a vice presidential candidate that has no relevant experience? What on earth are the republicans thinking? They need to address this issue and stop spinning things that that they criticized Barack Obama about similar issues just weeks ago. The hypocrisy is unreal.

    August 31, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Doug from Atlanta

    While global warming is real – there's no conclusive proof that it is man-made nor do we know if we can make the Earth warmer or cooler by any means. We certainly can't control the weather, now can we?

    Lowering emissions is a good idea just because we don't need more pollution. But we don't need to fall prey to a potential hoax.

    August 31, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Diane

    Did Nancy whatshername from McCain's campaign just say "The most popular Governor of this country"? Most of the country on Friday was saying "Who"?

    August 31, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Lynn

    Let the comments begin. She is not like Cheney. Give me a break. And I have heard sexist remarks already.

    August 31, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Hillary supporter for Obama

    So McCain's pick is someone who's stated that she "doesn't even know what a VP does" and someone who doesn't even share his views on climate change.

    Does anyone need more proof that this was simply a sleazy political move on his part?

    August 31, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Mack

    I am tired already of the "experiance" question...Are we Americans dumb enough to believe that the President or Vice President actually makes these all important decisions alone..They are surrounded by advisors and experts in all the fields that tell them what to do and then they make a decision..So either is only as good as the people they surround themselves with. Did Washington have experiance? Did Lincoln?? This question is so overblown..do we question joe-blow running for Congress in this manner..no..and they actually have the right to declare war..This works both ways dems and republican supporters need to chill out..Can Palin be effective as a President? Yes, just as well as Obama or anyone that takes that offfice..She may even be better because she has not been in the dog eat dog world as long.

    August 31, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. Rich

    I continue to listen to the Democrats bash Palin and do believe they are tip toeing toward their peril. First, on the experience issue: Palin (as governor) and McCain (as a Navy leader) have made singular final decisions that count. The buck has stopped with them. Meanwhile, Obama and Biden, as members of legislative bodies, have only been one of many voices whose votes together add up to a group decision. Second, so much of what the Democrats are saying is simply starting to sound like sexism at its worst. Very, very sad.

    August 31, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. mm

    I can't believe that Hillary voters will go to her. What McCain doesn't realize is that her people supported Hillary because of what she stands for, not her gender. Her ultra conservative views have driven this moderate republicans to the democrats. Thanks for nothign John!

    August 31, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Lisa Salt Lake City, Utah

    McCain referred to Palin as his "partner and soulmate" http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/0808/McCain_Palin_a_soulmate.html

    August 31, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. abdoulayes

    The republicans are so quick to claim that Palin's lack of experience is no greater than Obama's, which is false. Someone shoudl look at her education.... a bachelor's in communication and journalism vs. Obama's Harvard law degree. Gee, I wonder who has a better understanding of hte constitution??

    August 31, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Audy

    Wow that is flat out pathetic. We have a horrible hurricane coming through soon and here is John Kerry talking about idiotic topics. She is a reformer and Cheney is an idiot. That would be like me comparing Kerry to Hussein because they both have money. A couple things put together don't make them the same. He should have more respect though it seems it has been lost on him.

    August 31, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. John

    Stupid. There is no "proof" that "climate change" is man-made.

    Besides that, Sarah and John have both fought their own establishment, putting their country before their party.

    McCain-Palin 2008

    August 31, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Obama/Biden 08

    Do we really want to put within a heartbeat of the presidency, a woman who does not believe in global warming, notwithstanding the fact that the rest of the country is moving towards doing something about global warming, and who believes that creationism should be taught alongside evolution? I think not.

    August 31, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Jeanette Issano

    Palin is a lightweight who does not compare to Hillary. Besides she squeaks when speaking and is less educated than any recent Vice-Presidential candidate.

    August 31, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. Insulted

    Does anyone even care what John Kerry says? He's irrelevant.

    August 31, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. David

    LOL, now it sounds like the Democrats are desperate...

    August 31, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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